Kareri Lake is a high altitude glacial lake situated at an altitude of 2934 mts in Himachal Pradesh of India. Minkiani Pass is a 1-day additional trek from Kareri Lake and the snow-laden peak of the mountain are clearly visible from the lake.
Trek to Kareri Lake is a continuous climbing of stairs, most of the trail is marked and you just need to follow the steps. A lot of them.
Kareri Lake trek starts from Kareri Village, which is about 50 km from Mcleodganj and around 35 from Dharamshala town. We left early morning from McleodGanj by 8:30 and reached Kareri Village in 2 hrs as the road from Dharamshala to Kareri is more of an off-roader.After having our breakfast at the village, there are 2,3 shops in Kareri village from where you can buy any essential or food item.
The initial 3 km of the trek is an easy trail through villages and forests, most of the path is paved, it was an easy trail. This 3 km trail towards Reoti Campsite can be easily covered in about 90 mins. Kareri Village to Reoti, which is the first night campsite is 9 km and takes around 5 to 6 hrs of trek time.
We reached Reoti by 5 in the evening and had enough daylight to set our camps.
Reoti to Kareri Lake trek distance is about 5 km and takes roughly about 3 hrs top to reach. Even though we had enough time, we started early in the morning. Starting early is always of an advantage as you can cover a lot of distance before the sun rays start getting harsh.One of the good things about treks is you sleep early and wake up early.We got up by 6 in the morning and after freshen up and breakfast we were ready for our 2nd day of the trek. It was from Reoti campsite till Kareri Lake.
Kareri Lake trek is all stairs, you hike a little on a level path and again you start with climbing stairs.
Kareri Lake to Kareri Village to Mcleodganj
Coming downhill is always an easy trek in these treks. We were aware of the terrain, so we planned to start by 8, so that we can reach Kareri Village by Lunch and have ample time in Mcleodganj for local sightseeing and maneuvering the Tibetan market.